Civilian Oversight Board Appointment Application Process

How to apply to the Civilian Oversight Board. requirements for appointment, and timeline.


Board Bill208CS establishing the Civilian Oversight Board ("COB") of the City of St. Louis  became effective on June 5, 2015.  

Applications to the  Civilian Oversight Board are now accepted. 


To be considered for appointment to the Civilian Oversight Board (“COB”) of the City of St. Louis one has to meet several qualifications.


  • The individual must be a resident of the City of St. Louis;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Must not hold any public office;
  • Must not be an employee of the City or the State of Missouri;
  • Must not have an immediate family member who is currently employed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department;and,
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony. 

Not more than one member of the COB may be an individual who previously was a commissioned employee of a municipal, state, or federal law enforcement agency.


Step 1

Review and  complete the Civilian Oversight Board Appointment Application Form

Step 2 (optional)

You may use additional pages to answer questions

You may also consider attaching letters of support from community members. 

Step 3

Mail form and supportive documents to:

Patrick R. Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff 
Office of the Mayor 
1200 Market - Room 200 
St. Louis, MO 63103 

or Email 

Include in Subject Line: Your First Name and Last Name and Civilian Oversight Board Appointment Application


 No fees associated with applying to the COB.

What to Expect


This application  to be considered for appointment to the Civilian Oversight Board (“COB”) of the City of St. Louis. requires nomination by the Mayor and confirmation by the Board of Aldermen.

A copy of this application will be provided to the aldermen from your COB district, but you may also wish to contact your alderman directly to seek her or his support.  


The timeline for the formation of the full board is as follows:

May 6: 

Mayor Slay signs Board Bill 208 into law, establishing a Civilian Oversight Board for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

June 5: 

Bill becomes effective as ordinance (Charter, Art. IV, § 19).

July 6: 

Clerk of Board of Aldermen delivers names of qualified individuals recommended by Aldermen to Mayor Slay (Ordinance, Section 3, subsection   5.A).

August 5: 

Mayor delivers to Board of Aldermen nominations for Civilian Oversight Board positions (Ordinance, Section 3, subsection 5.B).

November 3: 

1. Public Safety Committee holds public hearings on nominees;

2. Board of Aldermen takes vote on whether to confirm each nominee

   (Ordinance, Section 3, subsection 5.C)

April/May, 2016: 

Each confirmed member must: 

1. Complete course at Citizens Academy before hearing first case;

2. Complete training within six months of confirmation

         (Ordinance, Section 4, subsection 8)


Board of Aldermen

(314) 622-3287

1200 Market
City Hall, Room 230
St. Louis, Mo 63103

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Contact the Board of Aldermen

Office of the Mayor

(314) 622-3201

1200 Market
City Hall, Room 200
St. Louis, Mo 63103

8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday

Contact the Office of the Mayor

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